OREM, Utah - After opening the season with a 1-2 record at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. last weekend, the Utah Valley University volleyball team will make the short trek north on I-15 to take on the University of Utah Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Crimson Court.
The match between Utah Valley and Utah will be the first contest of the Utah Classic, which will resume play on Sept. 14. It will also be UVU's first of five in-state matches that it will play in 2012.
The Wolverines defeated Cal State Northridge in their opener last Friday 3-1 but then fell to Evansville in four sets and Arizona in three.
UVU was led last weekend by junior Brookelyn Hall and freshman Lauren Stringham as they were both named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team. The Wolverine duo have both been tabbed as the Great West Conference Volleyball Players of the Week. The inaugural honors of the 2012 season were announced Monday by the conference office.
Hall, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., was named the offensive player of the week after recording 109 assists (9.91 assists per set) in three matches for the Wolverines, which included two double-doubles in assists and digs. In UVU's 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge, she put up 42 assists, 12 digs, a career-high six service aces and three kills. Against Evansville, the reigning GWC Setter of the Year had another double-double of 43 assists and 14 digs and added five kills.
The defensive award went to Stringham after the All-Tournament honoree posted 10 blocks in three matches for a 0.91 block per set average in her first weekend of collegiate volleyball. The true freshman from Kaysville, Utah, recorded two solo blocks and three block assists to go along with eight kills and a .286 attack percentage in a 3-1 loss to Evansville. Stringham also recorded four block assists and a team-high five kills in a straight-set loss to host Arizona.
Utah, who was recently selected to finish 10th in the Pac-12 Preseason Poll, opened its 2012 campaign with a unblemished 4-0 mark with wins over Portland, Southern Utah, Utah State and Weber State at the Utah State Invitational in Logan this past weekend.
Utah sophomore Chelsey Schofield leads the Utes in kills so far on the young season as she has 53 kills and a 3.79 kill per set average, while her teammate and fellow sophomore Bailey Bateman tops in blocks with 21 (1.62 block/set average).
Tuesday will mark the ninth all-time meeting between UVU and Utah with Utah leading the series 7-1.
The Wolverines will come home to host their annual Alumni Match Friday at 6 p.m. and then will welcome in-state foe Weber State on Sept. 4. The match between UVU and WSU will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised live locally on UVU-TV.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com